The hard-fought win boosted the Spurs' home record to 15-0 this
season. San Antonio, who have won an NBA-best nine games by 20 or
more points this season, trailed 88-85 heading into the fourth
quarter before rallying.
"This is good for us," Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge said. "It
makes us focus at the end of the game; not be so easy. I thought our
guys played well down the stretch."
Aldridge played a big part in helping the Spurs get past the
Clippers. He equaled his season high with 26 points, making 11 of 18
shots from the field, and grabbed 13 rebounds.
"I felt like we really saw the LaMarcus we're going to need if we're
going to make any kind of run," Spurs point guard Tony Parker said.
Parker finished with 21 points. He hit a three-pointer at the end of
the Spurs' 11-0 spurt early in the fourth quarter and halted a
scoring drought several minutes later with another three-pointer
that gave San Antonio a 99-93 lead.
Kawhi Leonard added 19 points, Tim Duncan 14 and Danny Green 10 for
Chris Paul had 27 points and 10 assists to lead the Clippers. He was
followed by Blake Griffin with 25 points and DeAndre Jordan with 16
and 17 rebounds.
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"It's just two very offensively powered teams," Paul said.
"We are usually right up there at the top in the league in offense
and they are usually right up there, too. Tonight both teams just
made shots and it came down to whoever made the most stops."
(Editing by Peter Rutherford)
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